Ok so I left you hanging a bit yesterday... you want specifics on how to reach out huh? And who to reach out to? Ok...
should you reach out to? People who have the job you want now (Google
them and find their emails), people who work where you want to work
(check out their websites!), people who your friends tell you you should
talk to, people who you used to work with or know who you haven’t
chatted with recently...
how do you reach out? For people you don’t know just send them an
email. You’re thinking, "OMG THATS SO SCARY!!” Yes I know... It can be a
bit scary, but what do you have to lose?! A lot of the time, if you
have something in common with them, or just write a really well written
thoughtful email, people will have time to chat with you and be willing
to help you out. I know, shocking, but it’s true.
people you do know, you can be a little more informal with and make
sure to be thoughtful and ask about how they’re doing and say you’d love
to catch up over coffee sometime. You can call them too - great way to
catch people is on the phone! (Don’t worry, we’re not dumb, we know what
you’re doing, but we’ll go along with it...)
other people you can say something like "Our mutual friend Joe
suggested I reach out to you as he thought you’d be a great person for
me to chat with about the Hill. Could I buy you coffee sometime and pick
your brain?” ... you get where I’m going.
So go forth! Email people. Call people. Set up meetings!
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